Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals in International Trade
Entry ID: PIC

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Summary
Abstract: In March 1998, after two years of negotiations, 95 governments
finalized the text of the Convention on the Prior Informed Consent
(PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in
International Trade. The text of the convention was adopted and opened
for signature at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rotterdam
10-11 September 1998.

The Convention represents an important step towards ensuring the
protection of citizens and the environment in all countries from the
possible dangers resulting from trade in highly dangerous pesticides
and chemicals. It will save lives and protect the environment from the
adverse effects of toxic pesticides and other chemicals. It will
establish a first line of defense against future tragedies by
preventing unwanted imports of dangerous chemicals, particularly in
developing countries, and extend to all countries the ability to
protect themselves against the risks of toxic substances.

In short, the Convention will enable the world to monitor and control
the trade in very dangerous substances. It will give importing
countries the power to decide which chemicals they want to receive and
to exclude those they cannot manage safely. If trade does take place,
requirements for labelling and provision of information on potential
health and environmental effects will promote the safe use of these
chemicals. The PIC procedure helps participating countries learn more
about the characteristics of potentially hazardous chemicals that may
be shipped to them, initiates a decision-making process on the future
import of these chemicals by the countries themselves and facilitates
the dissemination of this decision to other countries.

The objective of the PIC procedure is to provide countries with
detailed information on specific pesticides and chemicals, as well as
reasons for bans or severe restrictions placed upon them. This
information can be found in the form of Decision Guidance Documents
(DGDs). In light of this information, countries are asked to assess
their position and the risks associated with the chemical or pesticide
in question, and to make timely and informed decisions as to its
importation and use. A compilation of these import decisions together
with a PIC Circular is transmitted to all participating countries
every six months.

Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Environmental Program
Dataset Title: Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals in International Trade
Dataset Release Date: 1998-03
Dataset Publisher: Food and Agriculture Administration and United Nations Environmental Program
Data Presentation Form: database
Online Resource: http://www.fao.org/pic/Substances.htm


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1996-01-01
Stop Date: 1998-03-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS >FERTILIZERS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS >PESTICIDES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CONTAMINANT LEVELS/SPILLS >HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
FARMING
ENVIRONMENT


Access Constraints
None


Use Constraints
None


Keywords
hazardous chemicals
hazardous pesticides
Biological Data Profile


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Prior Informed Consent, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.fao.org/pic/Default.htm
Dataset ID: PIC

Data Center Personnel
Name: FAO JOINT SECRETARY TO PIC
Phone: (+39 06) 5705 3441
Fax: (+39 06) 5705 3441
Email: pic at fao.org
Contact Address:
Plant Protection Service
Plant Production and Protection Division
Food and Agriculture Organization
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 00100
Country: ITALY


Personnel
FAO JOINT SECRETARY TO PIC
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (+39 06) 5705 3441
Fax: (+39 06) 5705 3441
Email: pic at fao.org
Contact Address:
Plant Protection Service
Plant Production and Protection Division
Food and Agriculture Organization
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 00100
Country: ITALY


UNEP JOINT SECRETARY TO PIC
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (+41 22) 979 8183
Fax: (+41 22) 797 3460
Email: pic at unep.ch
Contact Address:
UNEP Chemicals
P.O. Box 356
15 chemin des Anemones
Chatelaine
City: Geneva
Postal Code: CH-1219
Country: SWITZERLAND


TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA


Publications/References
Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the Convention on the PIC
Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in
International Trade Rotterdam, 10-11 September 1998.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-11-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21
Future DIF Review Date: 2002-11-30

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